We were on a foodie trail today 🙂
First up was a brunch gathering at Mahota Pantry with cousin and friends!
Located at Kitchener Complex, Mahota Commune actually occupies the entire Level 3, and not only does it have two eateries (Mahota Kitchen and Mahota Pantry), it also has a rather impressive supermarket (Mahota Market), which sells a rather wide variety of organic produce and health food (some from their very own Mahota Farm), and is worth checking out if you are a fan of organic products.
In addition to all these, there is also a TCM clinic, and Mahota also conducts workshops and exercise classes, including free trials.
Being the festive season, Mahota Pantry had a seasonal special Hot Double Orange ($6.80++), which was sweet and tangy, and really helped to whet up our appetite, while we waited for the rest.
We decided to check out Wheeler’s Estate (sister outlet of Wheeler’s Yard) at the newly opened Seletar Aerospace Park for our Christmas Eve lunch 🙂
Our first impressions of this place was that it was really pretty! The restaurant resides in a restored black and white colonial bungalow, amid lush greenery.
All the food were beautifully plated as well, so practically everything was Instagram-worthy.
- Pulled Apart Bread ($14++): This was the highlight of the meal. The interior of the crispy bread was so soft and yummy we even did a takeaway for the portion that we were unable to finish. It still tasted great the next day after we warmed it up!
- Cheeky Swine ($25++): We felt that this had the porky smell in addition to being too fat for our liking.
- Scotch Fillet ($45++): We chose the roasted pumpkin with spiced honey yoghurt as the side to accompany the 300g steak. The steak was juicy and flavourful enough but not very memorable.
- Location: 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park S(798386)
- Facebook: facebook.com/wheelersestate
- Hrs: 12pm – 11pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 12am (Fri), 9am – 12am (Sat), 9am – 11pm (Sun)
We visited the Japan Rail Cafe in December 2016, and had return a few more times ever since!
This place aims to be a one-stop station, where customers can enjoy not only food and drinks (with monthly specials focusing on selected regions in Japan), but also do some quick shopping at the small retail section, as well as obtain travel information and purchase Japan Rail Pass (JR Pass) at the Rail Pass Counter.
It was particularly interesting to revisit, because of the monthly changes (Dec 2016 was on the Tohoku region), and we also enjoyed reading about the various Japan regions in the newsletter, that also served as a menu.
Free WiFi was also available, so we could do some quick browsing on the spot whenever we found something of interest, and wanted to find out more.
Chope had a 1-for-1 deal, and so we ended up here for dinner 🙂
Seated at the counter, we had a great view of the chefs in action. We wanted to try so many things, but our waistlines had been expanding… *ouch*
Anyway, we still ate a lot, haha 😛
- Tuna Tartare ($20++): This was rather addictive, with well balanced flavours and very fresh tuna. The papadum was very crispy and went well with the tuna.
- Soft Shell Crab ($20++): We liked the crunchy batter, but the saltiness overpowered the Thai green curry flavour.
- Assam pork ribs ($22++): The pork ribs were very tender and delicious!
- Tom yum cereal salmon ($22++): Our favourite item, the salmon was oven-baked to perfection, almost melting in our mouths. Gosh.. salivating just thinking about it 😀
- 10° vermicelli ($2++): This was quite refreshing, not bad at all.
- Location: 90 Club St S(069458)
- Website: ohpluck.com (Facebook) (Reservation)
- Hrs: 12:30pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon–Thu), 12:30pm – 3pm, 6pm – 1am (Fri), 6pm – 1am (Sat)
We went for the UNA Thanksgiving Brunch ($58++ per adult), and had an awesome time!
We have been reading quite good reviews about Word Cafe, a Muslim-owned cafe, and especially it’s rainbow bagel, so we decided to check it out while strolling from our last makan place.
It was quite easy to miss this place because of the on-going Thomson-East Coast Line MRT Springleaf Station site construction.
The exterior looked like a red container building, and the interior was decorated with wooden boxes, paintings of crates, and the tables had pipes for legs. We liked the industrial vibe here!
It was Sunday and we felt like having brunch closer to nature. Decided to check out Verdure which is next to Springleaf Park 🙂
There were plenty of outdoor seatings (pets allowed), but we opted for the smaller indoor space because it was so hot today!
At just before 10am, with only 2 other customers, we were disappointed to know that 2 of the 3 chef’s recommendations for weekend brunch was not available.
We decided to just share a Big Breakfast ($16.90 nett). For drinks, we ordered Latte ($4.90) and a hot Honey Apple Cider Vinegar ($4.90).
We caught up with JY at Bincho today!
We got lost trying to figure out how to reach this place because the shop front was actually Hua Bee Restaurant, a mee pok stall (This coffee shop was the set for Eric Khoo’s 1995 movie, Mee Pok Man.), heh *confused*
We actually passed by this place when we went for Tiong Bahru Heritage Trail but didn’t went in to try.
It was fairly quiet during lunch time on a Saturday, and I decided on the Wagyu Roast Beef Don set, while hubby could not resist ordering Whole Chicken Leg and Cheese Curry Katsu set. Each set comes with appetizers, salad, pickles, karaage, soup and dessert.
How should we describe this?
We liked every single item and wiped everything clean! The meats were cooked to perfection, and there was always something magical about egg yolk mixing with beef slices and rice…. YUMS! There was a choice of mochi or sesame ice cream for dessert, which worked well for me, haha 😛
A new pizza joint has appeared in Upper Thomson after Crust Pizza closed. Hubby was most excited to try out this place!
- Rosticciana ($28 nett): This was a rather small rack of oven-roasted, herb-marinated baby back ribs (5 ribs), served with leafy salad and wedges. The wedges were not bad. While the baby ribs were quite tender with a sweet glaze, there was a rather overpowering pork smell that made this dish less than satisfactory.
- Salmone ($19 for 9 inches): Fresh salmon, caramelised onions & capers as toppings, we enjoyed the thin-crust pizza very much!
I suspect we will be back here again to try out the rest of the pizza flavours 🙂
There was a special 25% discount off Lokkee’s ala-carte menu today, special thanks to Nathan Hartono and his excellent performance in Sing! China.
Lokkee is TungLok Group’s latest F&B venture offering global Chinese cuisine.
The restaurant is a witty and cheeky play on favourite Chinese recipes which have been given a unique tweak to include a dash of Western influence.
The interior of the restaurant is very contemporary but the tables were too close to each other and waiters had a hard time maneuvering their way.